Finally Justice for Rape

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UN welcomes the news that a Guinean court has filed charges against an army colonel accused of being responsible for mass rapes that occurred during a pro-democracy protest in the country’s capital in 2009. “Justice in Guinea has been delayed, but this signals that it cannot be denied,” said Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (Above Photo). See Film Report – “Sexual Violence-Civilians in Conflict” - On 28 September 2009, civilians organized an opposition rally in a soccer stadium in Conakry when Guinean security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing at least 150 and resulting in the rape and sexual abuse of 109 women. Lieutenant Colonel Moussa Tiegboro Camara was charged by a national court for the atrocities – including mass rape – committed that day. He is the highest-ranking official yet to be charged for his role in the massacre. “The recent charges are a welcome step in the right direction. They signal that no official is above the law, and no citizen is below it,” Ms. Wallström said. The Special Representative visited the country and met with rape victims in November. Ms. Wallstrom was pleased by the new Government’s commitment to fight impunity and prevent and deter sexual violence. However, she also stressed that the process to bring those responsible to justice has been “painfully slow,” adding that “the legacy of the massacre and mass rape is far from over. “There remains an urgent need to assist the survivors and bring the remaining perpetrators to justice. It is equally crucial that all victims, other witnesses and their families are afforded full protection and that no effort is spared to ensure their safety throughout this process.” We wrote the following article over a year earlier – here is a paragraph: “Women as Targets Rather than "Spoils of War"? ICC Rome Statute Takes Aim at Boys Will Be Boys?" “Conflict has been for centuries depicted as men fighting men, and women were too frequently seen as the prize or spoils of war to be done with as the victor desires, from sexual abuse to slaughter. The too happy image of victorious males marauding through villages and towns with a women slung over the shoulder like war's bounty blurred the reality. The treatment of women is not a byproduct of "boys will be boys" behavior by men. Rather, too frequently the women (and children) are the direct,the strategic targets, especially if the objective is ethnic cleansing/genocide.” By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey – Follow @MuhamedSacirbey Facebook = Become a Fan at “Diplomatically Incorrect” Twitter – Follow us at DiplomaticallyX War Crimes Justice Channel -

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"Voice of the Global Citizen"- Diplomatically Incorrect ( provide film and written reports on issues reflecting diplomatic discourse and the global citizen. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey (@MuhamedSacirbey) is former Foreign Minister Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina at the United Nations. "Mo" is also signatory of the Rome Conference/Treaty establishing the International…

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